The Great American Read

PBS is currently running a series on Tuesday nights entitled, “The Great American Read.”  Leaders in entertainment, politics and education are reviewing the top 100 most popular books in America and they’re slowly counting down to America’s number one favorite book.  You can vote for your favorite by clicking here!  Our staff checked the list against our current inventory, and while we have a majority of the titles, do have a few holes in the list!

Here’s where Elmwood Library needs your help.  Check your books at home.  Do you have one of the following titles in GOOD to LIKE NEW condition and are you willing to donate it to the library?  Or, if you are so inclined, could you purchase the title from a bookstore and gift it to the library?  We would be VERY grateful!  Help us participate in “The Great American Read!”

Books Needed:

A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
Beloved – Toni Morrison
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
Ghost – Jason Reynolds
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston

 

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Preschool Storytime – Sept 6!

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Back to School!

It’s just around the corner.  E-M Public Schools are back in session August 16.  While the school libraries are a wonderful source for books and reference materials, don’t forget your public library has many  Pulitzer Prize winners, literary classics, and new titles coming in all of the time.  We also utilize an interlibrary loan program to borrow books from other locations throughout the state!

Our librarians are familiar with the AR program that the school utilizes to encourage young readers.   We can help make decisions by looking-up almost any book title to see its point value for your child!

Some of our latest additions are:

The Most Magnificent Thing (0.5 pts)

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! (0.5 pts)

Dork Diaries:  Not So Secret Crush Catastrophe (3 pts)

Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales:  Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood (2 pts)

 

 

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Rock the Park!

Elmwood City Park

Sunday, June 3  4-6pm

The Elmwood Library has a special event planned for Sunday, June 3!  To kickoff our Summer Reading Program and its theme, “Library Rocks!” we’re going to rock out at the city park!

The fun starts with TWO food trucks ready to serve you!  The Tastee Trailer (you may remember the old Tastee In and Out in Lincoln) and Kona Ice (Hawaiian-style shaved ice) will have supper and dessert too!  Tastee Trailer is actually opening earlier in the day at 11am.  Kona Ice will get started at 4pm.

The Librarian’s Table will open at 4pm.  Be sure to get a $1.00 food truck coupon (compliments of American Exchange Bank) by showing your Elmwood Public Library Card.  Or, apply for your own NEW card and you can still get a coupon!  The librarian will also have information and pre-registration sheets for the Summer Reading Program.  Dates for the program are June 6, 13, 20, & 27.  Kids in grades K-6 are welcome to come read books, play games and make crafts designed to enhance their knowledge about music and sound.

Always popular with the little ones, we’ll have a face painting station too!  Sponsored by Cindy Mather and Cindy Hovorka from “Your Thairapist,” the kids will look LOVELY for what comes next.

Starting at 5pm, the String Beans will take the stage.  Based out of Lincoln, Nebraska, the String Beans perform a wide variety of family-friendly songs about all the things kids love:  animals, cartoons, food, etc.  Since debuting in 2004, the String Beans have released 10 albums and have appeared at numerous festivals, concerts and regional television programs.  They’re energetic, silly and lots of fun.

We suggest that you bring your own lawn chair and enjoy the food, music and close feeling of community as we welcome summer in style!

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Spring Cleaning!

Just like the rest of you, the library is tired of the cold temperatures and looking forward to sunshine and sunny days!  As such, the library staff has been working hard on some Spring Cleaning projects!

The YOUTH FICTION section of the library has been updated and reorganized.  With a generous donation of some very nice books, we’ve put several book series together so they are easier to find.  Series including “Magic Treehouse,” “Encyclopedia Brown,” “American Girl,” “Mighty Robot” as well as some graphic novels are now much easier to find!

Also, the library has purchased some heavy-duty library shelving to replace some of the older wooden sections that we have now.  The big move will probably take place in mid-May.  In the meantime, if you happen to have any cardboard boxes to use as temporary storage for the books, we would love to have them!

We’re also culling out some of the older non-fiction books to make room for more topical subjects.  So, if you ever come in and can’t find something, just ask.  It may have been moved to a temporary location!

 

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It’s Movie Time!

Elementary school students are invited to see a movie at the library on their day off from school. On Thursday, December 28th we will be showing “SING!” at 11:30. We will provide a drink and a snack and the movie will be finished by 1:30 with plenty of time to clean up before the library closes at 2:00.

Please come and join us. You’ll have a singin’ good time!

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